How to Calm an Upset Child

Teaching children how to regulate their emotions is an important part of Early Childhood Education. Children need to learn how to deal with their feelings in an appropriate and healthy way. And for that kindergarten teachers need to take the right approach which is not always easy. Like in every occupation you get better with time.

In the following videos, an expiriecesed kindergarten teacher Cindy shares helpful strategies to calm down an upset child.

What kind of strategy do you use to calm down an upset child? Please share it in the comment below.

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  1. Stella Mugumwa says:

    Thank you for sharing your strategies. How about if you have a toddler that won’t get distracted at all. Whatever you do might be for 2 minutes and they get back to crying for parents.
    What strategy would you use for him?

    1. Thank you for your question, Stella. This is quite normal for children who are coming to kindergarten for the first time. But sooner or later they get used to a new environment and new people and when they are sure parents will come back things get better. In the meantime, it is important to stay calm and loving with an understanding of the child’s hardship.

      When I was working with toddlers I had a very good experience letting them play on the terrace of our classroom. As soon as they came out they stopped crying and together with blowing bubbles, was the thing that worked well with my children. Another thing I would suggest is singing or playing some instrument or letting children play on simple instruments like rattles or rainbow bells. They like them because they are colorful and loud. Hand-made rattles were the gift that toddlers got on the first day of kindergarten.

      Wish you a good start to the new school year and let me know how things turned out.

  2. It is nice to get to understand what is the reason a child got upset with. I once had a student that didin’t want to get into the classroom. I understood that he still wanted to be into his bed and be calmed down. I switched off the ligthts, closed the cetains, and told the students whispering “lets be a little quiet and calmed down for a while because some kids need this”. Oh yes it worked and not only for the one student I had in mind.
    T. G. Greece

  3. Thank you, T.G., for a good example of how to calm an upset child. Understanding the cause, and resolving it, is absolutely the best approach. Trying to see the situation from the child’s perspective, and helping him/her, also saves us a lot of time and energy. Empathy is therefore the key to all good relationships.

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